I have the original Sleeping Beauty series by Ann Rice and love every one of them. I was so excited to find an extension of the original story with my favorite characters included. While the sexual submission is steaming hot, this story is about more than that. It's a story of love and new beginnings. Putting Beauty and King Laurent in charge of the kingdom is sheer genius. What they do with it is somewhat questionable. Knowing how they felt as slaves in the first books makes me wonder if they would really have been so diplomatic in their approach to a new reign. One thing that bothers me about the continuation of the story is the seeming struggle to appeal to mainstream readers. I don't expect, nor want, politically correctness in my erotica. While I enjoyed reading about what some of my favorite characters are 'doing now', I'll reread the original three before attempting this one again.
Before E. L. James and Sylvia Day, there was Anne Rice: Discover Beauty’s Kingdom, the fourth novel in the bestselling Sleeping Beauty series
Mega-bestselling author Anne Rice, writing as A. N. Roquelaure, returns to the mysterious kingdom of Queen Eleanor in this new chapter of her Sleeping Beauty series. When the great queen is reported dead, Beauty and Laurent return to the kingdom they left twenty years before. Beauty agrees to take the throne, but she insists that all erotic servitude be voluntary. Countless eager princes, princesses, lords, ladies, and commoners journey to Beauty’s realm, where she and her husband usher in a new era of desire, longing, and ecstasy. Provocative and stirring, Rice’s imaginative retelling of the Sleeping Beauty myth will be adored by her longtime fans and new readers of erotica just discovering the novels.
This book is intended for mature audiences.